UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

Prof Peter Sammonds

Prof Peter Sammonds

Professor of Geophysics

Dept of Earth Sciences

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2001

Research summary

My research aims are to investigate the mechanics of the Earth's crust and ice sheets by studying the fundamental physics and mechanics of geological materials, through theory, field work and laboratory experiments. The Earth's crust and ice sheets are the parts of the solid Earth with which humankind interact directly, and therefore of the greatest interest to me. I apply my research towards studying the impacts of climate change and natural hazards, particularly in relation to my role as Director, UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction.

Teaching summary

Director, MSc Risk and Disaster Science

Chair, Risk and Disaster Reduction Board of Examiners

GEOLGR12 Earthquake Risks (MSc)

GEOLGR97 MSc Independent Project

I was:

Founding Director, BSc/MSci Geophysics

Founding Director, BSc/MSci Earth Sciences

I established and taught:

GH07/GG09/M002 Earthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazard (MSc/MSci)

3030 Field Methods in Active Tectonics (3rd yr UG)

C450 Glaciology & Environment, 3rd year course

B252 Geodynamics (2nd yr geophysics course)

B254 Earth Physics (2nd yr geophysics course)

3rd year Abruzzo and Vesuvius geophysics field course

3rd year Glaciology and Environment field course

I have taught:

Geological field work (1st year), Marche, Italy


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1988
University of Bristol
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1981


Director, UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, 2010 to present

Professor of Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences, UCL, 2001 to present.

NERC-ESRC Strategic Advisor, Increasing Resilience programme, 2010 to present

Deputy Head of Department, Earth Sciences, UCL, 2006 to 2010

Professor, Centre for Earthquake Prediction Research, Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo, 1999.

Royal Society University Research Fellow, Dept. of Earth Sciences, UCL, 1992 to 2001.